Hikers climbing Mount Batur

Indonesia Travel Guide

Practical information

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Language(s)
Indonesian
Currency
Indonesian Rupiah
Time zone
UTC +7

Time Zone

The time zone in Indonesia is GMT +7

Languages

Indonesian

The official language of Indonesia is Indonesian, spoken by 94% of the population.

Useful Phrases

  • Halo - Hello
  • Nama saya… - My name is… 
  • Namamu siapa? - What's your name?
  • Apa kabar? - How are you? 
  • Senang bertemu anda - Nice to meet you
  • Selamat tinggal - Goodbye

Currency

Indonesian Rupiah

The currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). You can withdraw local currency from ATMs in the country or exchange cash at exchange offices in the airport and larger towns.

For the latest exchange rates please see www.xe.com


The cost of an average meal in Java is between $3 and $8. On Bali that increases to $4 to $11. When purchasing souvenirs, we ask our guests to respect the Species Protection Agreements (CITES) which protects 2,500 species of animals by prohibiting the trade of hides, scales, corals, shells and live animals.

Electricity

Indonesia uses European style plugs with two round pins. Voltage is 220V / 50Hz.

Weather

Indonesia lies on the equator and as such, there is little variation in climate over the course of a year. There is no extremes of summer and winter and just two main season, wet and dry. The wet season runs from November to April and dry season May to October. The climate is tropical with dense rainforests covering the interior of nearly all the country’s main islands. Humidity is generally between 70% and 90%. Cooler climates can be found in the mountainous areas above 1500m.

On Java and Bali during the dry season you can expect temperatures between 20 and 27°C with humidity around 80% and a possibility of some rainy days.

Safety and Security

Your safety and well-being is always the number one priority at Kandoo Adventures.


We operate all our travel destinations in accordance with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice, which publishes travel advisory notices for British nationals. We also closely follow the advice of ABTA (The Association of British Travel Agents) which provides support to UK tour operators.  


In addition to this, our extensive, directly-managed operations in each of our destinations, provide us with detailed knowledge and up-to-date information, which enables us to make informed decisions and operate our trips safely.

We always recommend that you regularly check the FCDO's travel advice, in order to keep up to date about the country you are planning to visit.

If you are not a UK resident, we would recommend that you visit your government's travel advisory website for further information:



Alternatively, you may wish to visit our Travel Updates page or seek further information from the World Health Organisation.

Lost or delayed luggage

We recommend that you wear your walking boots to travel and pack as many essential items as possible in your carry-on luggage. If your luggage is delayed we can then do our best to kit you out to start the trek on time. In the event that your luggage is delayed or lost, our procedure is as follows: 


  • Establish what items are missing and a contingency plan for each critical item
  • If it reaches 6pm on the evening before starting the trek and your luggage has not arrived we recommend buying and/or hiring items immediately as a precaution
  • We will take you to a shop where you can buy toiletry items, e.g. toothbrush. You will be able to find everything you need in Yogyakarta or Denpasar.

We will do everything we can to help if your luggage is lost or delayed. Be sure to check your insurance policy coverage for lost luggage cover.

Vulcano Ijen, in Java oriental

Geography

The republic of Indonesia is in south east Asia between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The country is comprised of over 17,000 islands, the largest being Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Borneo, New Guinea and Java. Indonesia has a population of over 265 million people making it the 4th most populous country in the world, the majority of the population live on the island of Java, the worlds most populous island.

Indonesia lies on the Pacific ring of fire and experiences frequent earthquakes. A string of volcanoes runs through Sumatra, Java and Bali. There are around 147 volcanoes in the country of which roughly 75 are still active.


Despite its large population, Indonesia has vast swathes of wilderness and some of the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet. Many of Indonesia’s islands were once joined to mainland Asia and others were once joined to Australia. This has resulted in flora and fauna which is a mix of Asian and Australasian species. Around 70% of Indonesia is covered in forests and the country is home to a staggering 1,794 bird species. There are also numerous species of mammals including Komodo dragons, Sumatran orangutan, javan rhinoceros, Sumatran tiger and pygmy tarsier.